Dan Eidson, who has previously worked at Golden Gate Fields, Delaware
Park, and most recently at Hollywood Park, will now serve as The New
York Racing Association, Inc.'s (NYRA) Racing Secretary at Aqueduct Racetrack. He will
serve as assistant racing secretary at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race
Photo: New York Daily News
63, was Hollywood Park's racing secretary for its final meet. There he
succeeded Martin Panza, who began in November as NYRA's Senior Vice
President of Racing Operations. Previously, Eidson had assisted Panza at
Hollywood Park and worked as the track's stakes coordinator since 2002.
is a skilled racing secretary who has worked for me for more than 10
years and has a good idea of what I'm looking for," said Panza. "He will
be a real asset to The New York Racing Association and to the horsemen
of New York."
native of Palo Alto, Calif., Eidson first worked as a groom for
trainers Cecil Jolly and Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel before assisting
trainer Eddie Gregson for several years, including 1982 when the stable
won the Kentucky Derby with Gato Del Sol.
a brief training stint, Eidson became assistant racing secretary to Bob
Umphrey at Golden Gate Fields. After Umphrey left for Florida, Eidson
took over and worked as Golden Gate's racing secretary from 1985-2000.
Eidson was Delaware Park's racing secretary in 2001 before Panza hired him at Hollywood Park.
you are new to an area, you always have a 'welcome' mat, and so far
everybody at NYRA has been very helpful and very supportive," said
Eidson. "It's great, and I'm looking forward to working here."